Professor Pavord has a particular interest in asthma, chronic pulmonary disease and chronic cough. He is an internationally renowned researcher in these areas and has played a lead role in developing three of the most promising emerging treatments. He has published 330 scientific papers, including three of the 20 most cited papers in the field in the last ten years. He has an H-index of 65. His main contribution has been to develop new methods to assess and treat airway inflammation and airway diseases. He has been joint Chief Medical Advisor to Asthma UK since May 2008 and was joint Editor of Thorax from 2010 to 2015.
Dr Richard Russell trained at Guy’s Hospital with further postgraduate training at St Bartholomew’s and St George’s Hospitals in London. He was trained in respiratory medicine in the Southeast Thames region and at the Royal Brompton Hospital. Dr Russell was a Consultant at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals for 12 years and now is the Clinical Director of West Hampshire Integrated Respiratory Service. He has special interests in COPD, asthma, and delivery of care. During his time at the Royal Brompton he completed a PhD as a British Lung Foundation Research Fellow under the supervision of Professor Peter Barnes. The research focused on the basic mechanisms of COPD and disease progression in a population of smokers in primary care, and this is a continuing area of study. He is a senior researcher at the University of Oxford in the Respiratory Group. Dr Russell is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of COPD and a member of the BTS asthma guidelines committee. He is active in the British Lung Foundation and is passionately anti-smoking.
Dr Bafadhel obtained her medical degree at the University of Birmingham and trained as a junior doctor at the Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham. She became interested in respiratory medicine and continued further training at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Oxford. Following her PhD at the University of Leicester, which investigated biomarkers in COPD exacerbations, Dr Bafadhel was appointed as an NIHR clinical lecturer in respiratory medicine to continue her research into phenotyping and the management of COPD. She is currently an NIHR postdoctoral fellow, senior lecturer in respiratory medicine and honorary consultant respiratory physician.
Richard has been in project and programme management in and around the NHS for over ten years. Most recently he worked as a Quality Improvement Lead at Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network focusing on dementia and neurology. Prior to this Richard worked for COBIC, an outcomes-based commissioning consultancy, where his work centred on the development of outcome indicator frameworks supporting the creation of outcome based commissioning contracts.